After the bronze modell, gilded and enamelled. Length 16.5 cm.
Chips. Two claws with repairs.
From a private Swedish Collection.
Compare with deities made in porcelain from the Qianlong period. For example see Sothebys, sale PF1027, Lot 196. Also see Christies, Auction 2339, Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art lot 1494. 17 Sep 2010.
Also see Registration number Franks.582.+ In the collection of the British Museum.
The Vajra 'Thunderbolt' is a legendary and ritual weapon, symbolising the properties of a diamond (indestructibility) and a thunderbolt (irresistible force).
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